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Definition of brace noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a device that holds things firmly together or holds, and supports them in position a neck brace (= worn to support the neck after an injury)
  2. 2[countable] braces [plural] a metal device worn, often by children, inside the mouth to help their teeth grow straight My daughter has to wear braces on her teeth.
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] a metal support for weak or injured legs
  4. 4[countable] either of the two marks, { } , used to show that the words, etc. between them are connected compare bracket
  5. 5[countable] (pl. brace) a pair of birds or animals that have been killed in hunting a brace of partridge(s)
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